November 11 & 13 / 2019
BACK DOOR STUDIO in MCMINNVILLE
3-day workshop / 10am – 4pm
Creating a textural substrate may be the first place in the creative process to add the marks of the artist, enhancing and supporting their concept behind the work.
A textured painting feels more dynamic. Texture creates a sense of depth, causing the viewer to emotionally connect with a painting.
Texture is sometimes visual (on the surface) and other times dimensional (raised above the surface). It can be applied under the painting, over the paint or even collaged or applied at a later stage. In this workshop we’ll use texture to create expressive paintings in watermedia.
DAY 1: Rene will demonstrate how to make highly textured watercolor paper using gesso, then you’ll do it. Demo: pouring paint over textured paper for a background start.
Demo: making a quick drawing, painting over the texture with watercolor.
Design and sketch a subject over a textured background by first making a value study. Begin layering fresh color. Try working extra wet to encourage pigment texture.
DAY 2: Design Lesson with Slide Talk for inspiration and direction. Make several starts to experiment with different types of texture and design. Work on paintings with Rene’s guidance.
We’ll end with an art share to celebrate our successes and consider what we might improve
The paintings above, Ocean Spray (right) Day Lily (left) use heavy texture to create intrigue.
SAGE OF THE SEA
This painting is on a watercolor paper substrate on which heavy gesso texture has been applied. The original sold in the first hour, and American Easel has made prints on panel. Viewers sometimes walk up to touch the flat surface because the texture looks so realistic!
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